Guardsmen to be Honored After U.S. Border Incident

Nashville (AP) -- The Tennessee National Guard will honor four of its men for properly handling a tense situation while patrolling the Arizona-Mexico border earlier this month.

The troops were approached by a group of six to eight armed men while on patrol January third. They withdrew without confrontation, as they're trained to do.

One armed man with the unidentified group came as close as ten meters to the guardsmen.

Guard spokesman Randy Harris says the ceremony is expected to take place later this week and Tennessee National Guard Adjutant General Gus Hargett likely will attend.

About 250 guardsmen next month will begin the third deployment of Tennessee troops for President Bush's Operation Jump Start to reinforce US Border Patrol agents.

About 180 Tennessee Guard soldiers are now stationed at the border after volunteering to stay there for up to a year.

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